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1.7. Rare vascular plant species of Dnieper valley in Kyiv

Parnikoza I.Yu.

Section describes the distribution, characteristics biology of populations of rare species of plants of the valley of the Dnieper in Kyiv. There are also information about threats to their populations and recommendations for the establishment of protection.

Large numbers of sub-fossil remains of the aquatic fern Salvinia natans (L.) All. have been found in several early medieval sites in Gdańsk, N. Poland. This record indicates a population expansion of this species around 7th8th century A.D., similar to the recently observed rapid spread and high population dynamics of S. natans in northern Poland, which recent studies have attributed to climate warming. Our results suggest that in the Vistula deltaic area the S. natans expansion in the Early Middle Ages (7th8th century A.D.) was similarly stimulated by climate warming, while its subsequent decline was mainly due to climate cooling, especially during the Little Ice Age. Warmer winters and springs and a longer growing season seem to be the most important factors forcing the expansion of S. natans in medieval times. According to our data, the co-occurrence of S. natanswith other aquatic plant species was similar in both the medieval and present-day vegetation. Also, the high density of S. natans in the medieval population caused impoverishment of the local ecosystems in a way that has been observed in recent water bodies affected by invasive pleustophytes (free-floating plants) (Święta-Musznicka et al., 2011).

Święta-Musznicka J., Latałowa M., Szmeja J., Badura M. Salvinia natans in medieval wetland deposits in Gdańsk, northern Poland: evidence for the early medieval climate warming // Journal of Paleolimnology. 2011, V. 45, 3, P. 369-383.